We got a really great train table a little over a year ago, but soon our train tracks began to outgrow it. The boys ended up building track on the carpet every day and using the table only for storing the trains overnight. So we moved it to our basement playroom and turned it into an art table.
Recently, I took some ideas I found in this great list to also add a writing center component to it.
First, I took the crayons and colored pencils out of their boxes and put them in a little basket (cleaning them up was always such an ordeal), and I added in some pens. I also put out a basket with different paper supplies – blank cards and envelopes, several papers stapled together into books, post-it notes, and strips of scrap paper that could be used for making paper chains or, as Love Bug decided, bookmarks. I added a basket of Scrabble tiles and one with foam letters and numbers for letter exploration and ultimately forming words – or whatever else seemed fun with them. (The Scrabble tiles ended up being used for other games and were more of a mess than anything, so they’ve been temporarily moved!)
In the drawer, I kept all our art supplies and added in some writing paper, a small stapler, and a hole puncher